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Gopal Rao finds joy in teaching young kids science October 28, 2013

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Gopal Rao1. Name: Gopal Rao

Neighborhood: Capitol Hill

Occupation: Product management

Years in Seattle: 1

 

2. Where is your favorite place to go in Seattle?

Seward Park, leading from a run along Lake Washington Blvd.

3. Your first interaction with Seattle Works was…?

with the lively and fun bunch of the Social Media Task force. A shout-out to them for all the good work they do.

4. What’s the best meal you’ve eaten in the Seattle area?

I will have to say the Paseo’s Caribbean sandwich.

5. Are you involved with any other Seattle nonprofit organizations?

Not at the moment.

6. Which coffee shop do you most frequent?

StumpTown on Pine, or sometimes Kaladi Brother’s coffee.

7. What three words best describe your experience with Seattle Works?

Engaged. Social. Progressive.

8. Mariners, Sounders, or Seahawks?

Soccer is my game, so will have to say Sounders.

9. What is your most (or first) memorable volunteer experience?

Teaching young kids science. It’s a great feeling to see the excitement on their faces either from the the learning or from the mischievous thoughts running in their heads. All in all, you end up learning a lot from them as they from you.

10. What makes someone a Seattleite?

One who doesn’t notice the rain and takes it as just another bright sunny day…

 

This weekly 10 question profile is Seattle Works way of highlighting and saying THANK YOU to all that our volunteers, leaders, community partners, board members, committee members, etc do for our community! We’re asking the same 10 questions to various Seattle Works participants as a fun way to feature the different ways to be involved with Seattle Works and in Seattle.

Want to be profiled? Fill out this survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/5KP5CY3 and send a photo of yourself to info@seattleworks.org

P.S. In case you’re interested, the inspiration behind these interviews comes from NY Mag’s weekly blog post.

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SAP volunteers prep supplies for kids in East King County October 23, 2013

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Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset  Every Fall since 2008, Seattle Works has worked with volunteers from the  Seattle SAP office at organizations all over King County. They’ve planted  trees, painted murals, got their hands dirty at community farms–and, last  week, helped sort clothing, toys, diapers and supplies that will go out to  hundreds of children and families across East King County this week! SAP at Eastside Baby 5

Thanks  to our friends at Eastside Baby Corner for hosting this group–demand for clothing and supplies is on the rise and Eastside Baby can’t do their  work without the help of volunteer teams like SAP!

SAP at Eastside Baby 4

 

Jaime Quick loves the Mariners, Sounders, and Seahawks October 14, 2013

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1. Name: Jaime Quick

Neighborhood: Ballard

Occupation: Director – Public Relations firm

Years in Seattle: 13

2. Where is your favorite place to go in Seattle?

Golden Gardens Park

3. Your first interaction with Seattle Works was…?

via my work at the World Affairs Council – we would send int’l visitors to meet with ACW and Tara to hear about volunteerism

4. What’s the best meal you’ve eaten in the Seattle area?

So many good ones – had Stoneburner in Ballard recently and it’s amazing food.

5. Are you involved with any other Seattle nonprofit organizations?

City Year Seattle/King County

6. Which coffee shop do you most frequent?

Fresh Flours, Anchor Ship, or a SBux

7. What three words best describe your experience with Seattle Works?

uplifting, fun, impressed

8. Mariners, Sounders, or Seahawks?

Lifetime M’s fan but they are killing me in last 10 years, Sounders fan since the start #DemspeyWatch, and love the Hawks….so hard to say, is all of the above an answer?

9. What is your most (or first) memorable volunteer experience?

Seattle Works Day is always memorable, cleaning up a park down by the REI flagship one year was rewarding, it needed it.

10. What makes someone a Seattleite?

Respect for others, respect for our environment, respect the sunshine 🙂

 

This weekly 10 question profile is Seattle Works way of highlighting and saying THANK YOU to all that our volunteers, leaders, community partners, board members, committee members, etc do for our community! We’re asking the same 10 questions to various Seattle Works participants as a fun way to feature the different ways to be involved with Seattle Works and in Seattle.

Want to be profiled? Fill out this survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/5KP5CY3 and send a photo of yourself to info@seattleworks.org

P.S. In case you’re interested, the inspiration behind these interviews comes from NY Mag’s weekly blog post.

 

HandsOn Affiliates Gather, Sharing is Caring October 8, 2013

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Last Thursday, Seattle Works, HandsOn Greater Portland, and the United Way of King County Volunteer Center gathered at UWKC for an all day joint staff retreat. We mixed, we mingled and we shared ideas.

What ties us all together? We have one common goal: engaging volunteers in our communities. Through the HandsOn Network, volunteer centers across the country are connected with each other in our efforts to make an impact. Whether it be one-off volunteer opportunities like Hot Projects; volunteering with a team of friends through Team Works; or training the next wave of volunteer leaders in board service or volunteer leadership.

All of our organizations differ, of course, but we help each other out, sharing resources, ideas and even program models.

Our day started out with  an icebreaker (duh! I think you all know how much we love icebreakers!) and moved into “What’s Up with your Center?” During this session we all shared about our programs, staffing structure, philosophy around engaging volunteers and what is unique about our organization. Let me tell you right now, all three of us are pretty rad!

We then broke out into affinity groups the rest of the day focusing on: Agency Support & Relationships, Training & Leadership Development, Events & Days of Service, Volunteer Centers in United Ways, Social Media, Disaster Preparedness, and a few others. It was a full day of hearing best practices, what hasn’t worked for other centers and overall resource sharing.

We had a blast getting to know some of our colleagues in the region. Thanks to HandsOn Greater Portland for traveling to Seattle and to UWKC for hosting us! We had a blast getting to know everyone and look forward to the many more opportunities to gather in the future!

 

Amy Boyd loves to cheer for the Dawgs at Husky Stadium October 7, 2013

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Amy Boyd_headshot1. Name: Amy Boyd

Neighborhood: Ballard

Occupation: Public Relations

Years in Seattle: 7

 

2. Where is your favorite place to go in Seattle?

There’s nothing better than cheering on the Dawgs at Husky Stadium.

3. Your first interaction with Seattle Works was…?

Seattle Works Day in 2011.

4. What’s the best meal you’ve eaten in the Seattle area?

It’s probably a tie between El Camion and Paseo.

5. Are you involved with any other Seattle nonprofit organizations?

I’m currently working with the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber’s Young Professional’s Network (YPN) to create a robust volunteer group. We enjoyed participating in Seattle Works Day so much that we are now working with additional organizations to schedule volunteer opportunities for our members this fall. We’re currently coordinating with FareStart and Treehouse.

6. Which coffee shop do you most frequent?

Probably Starbucks since there is one on every corner downtown, but on the weekends I love Caffe Fiore in Ballard. Its ambiance is great and the coffee is too!

7. What three words best describe your experience with Seattle Works?

Fun. Empowering. Enjoyable.

8. Mariners, Sounders, or Seahawks?

Love them all. I’m dying to get to Seahawks game this season.

9. What is your most (or first) memorable volunteer experience?

My first volunteering experience was at a homeless shelter in downtown Tacoma. My choir group sang holiday carols. I remember observing the joy on people’s faces.

10. What makes someone a Seattleite?

You’re a Seattleite if you can survive the dark, rainy winter; if you have an appreciation for the outdoors; and if you respect the various diverse cultures that fill the City.

 

This weekly 10 question profile is Seattle Works way of highlighting and saying THANK YOU to all that our volunteers, leaders, community partners, board members, committee members, etc do for our community! We’re asking the same 10 questions to various Seattle Works participants as a fun way to feature the different ways to be involved with Seattle Works and in Seattle.

Want to be profiled? Fill out this survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/5KP5CY3 and send a photo of yourself to info@seattleworks.org

P.S. In case you’re interested, the inspiration behind these interviews comes from NY Mag’s weekly blog post.

 

Why your organization needs a HandsOn Leadership team October 4, 2013

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Most of our nonprofit partners know Seattle Works best for sending in crews of hard-working volunteers to tackle all of their best done-in-a-day projects–but did you know we train project managers to take on 3-6 month projects at these organizations, too?
That’s right–we have teams of project managers ready to tackle your organization’s to-do list. Through our HandsOn Leadership program, Seattle Works takes volunteers who want to take their service to the next level, and equips them with the skills they need to make your organization’s projects a reality. What have our HandsOn Leadership teams accomplished? They’ve:

  • Planned and managed the building of outdoor classrooms and playgrounds at a local schools and childcare centers
  • Helped organizations define and expand their volunteer recruitment and training strategies
  • Created outreach materials and developed social media and communications plans

And so much more! Are you ready for a HandsOn Leadership team? Great! In exchange for a team of trained project managers, we ask that project hosts:

  • Provide a vision for a 3-6 month project with a clear start and end date, mission and deliverables
  • Have the resources to support and manage a team and provide access to these resources for the duration of the project

Our Fall 2013 HandsOn Leadership projects kick off on November 20 and we’re accepting project applications until October 14. If you’re interested in learning more or would like the link to our application page, contact Katie Tiehen at katie@seattleworks.org